Center for a Creative Community
FREE and open to the public during gallery hours, the South Arkansas Arts Center is an interactive space that develops and nurtures the artistic expression of our members. SAAC showcases established and emerging artists, hosts dynamic guest artists, supports arts education for all ages and actively promotes intersections between the arts, artist, and the community. The SAAC is a space where visitors can participate in artistic offerings in an atmosphere that is casual yet informative, inviting and intellectually stimulating.
Our "creative" programs are designed to deepen participants' experience by providing educational, social, and interactive opportunities that feature presented art and artists and artistic themes for the broadest possible audience. Expressing our commitment to equity and access, the South Arkansas Arts Center activities include community outreach and collaborative projects in partnerships that reflect the organizations and individual stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
Creative Arts Academy
Youth and school programs are designed to promote early engagement in the arts for K-12 school aged children. Our Creative Arts Academy programs are paid after school programs that promote mastery of the fundamentals of art and foster a life long appreciation of the arts. An education in the arts truly creates better communicators that are more successful as adults and better citizens of their communities and the world. Every part of a child's life is enriched by the arts: imagination, cognitive skills, creative abilities, fine motor skills, language, social skills, sense of time and place, focus, listening skills, risk taking, tolerance, and uniqueness. Whether it is film, theatre, painting or dance, the programs at SAAC help young people develop confidence and a sense of curiosity about the world around them.
Arts in Education
With a vision to place art in the heart of every child, the South Arkansas Arts Center supports the Arts in Education Program. In collaboration with local schools SAAC assists in placing artist educators in the classroom. Artists in residence expose students to the creative process through direct contact with professional artists, working in new arts programs or enhancing existing ones in local schools and arts agencies. Teachers and administrators can contact Jack Wilson at 870.862.5474 to find out more about AIE opportunities for your classroom.